DIPLOMACY: Detente: The Word Won't Go Away

The charges that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is soft on the Soviets have reached a peak in recent weeks. Longtime Administration critics and a clutch of presidential candidates have damned d├ętente as a one-way street; the U.S., they claimed, has been bulldozed by the Russians. President Ford reacted by replacing the word d├ętente in the diplomatic vocabulary with "peace through strength." All U.S. embassies were advised that the change was no mere wordplay; the U.S. was indeed taking a tougher stand.

Last week Kissinger took steps to signal the Kremlin that,...

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